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Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album

Writer: Judd Winick

Artists: Amanda Conner, Cliff Chiang and André Coehlo

Distributed By: DC Comics
 

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

            I’ve been a longtime fan of Black Canary and have always enjoyed her years flirting with and romancing Green Arrow.  I was actually disappointed when they broke up and downright shocked and dismayed to learn of Green Arrow’s death.  When he returned from the dead, I had hopes that Dinah and Oliver would renew their romance, but never dreamed that this renewal would lead to Black Canary’s separation from the Birds of Prey.  Despite my anger at having lost one of my favorite characters from the Birds of Prey comic books, I was happy to see that Black Canary wasn’t slated to disappear altogether.  Even happier news – Black Canary and Green Arrow were finally to be married.

            Well, here it is folks – the event none of us thought we would ever see.  It was decades coming, but we have finally arrived at the big day.  Two superheroes lost in an on-again off-again romance for years have decided to take the ultimate plunge.  Oliver Queen, aka: Green Arrow, and Dinah Lance, aka: Black Canary, are finally tying the knot and we’re invited to the nuptials in Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album, a hardcover graphic novel compilation of Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special and Green Arrow and Black Canary 1-5

            When first contacted about the wedding, friends of Oliver and Dinah Lance are dubious.  Recalling the ups and downs in their relationship, friends of the couple wonder whether the two can make such an immense commitment.  Despite the uncertainty of their friends, Oliver and Dinah are determined to become man and wife.  Unfortunately, their friends aren’t the only folks who know about the nuptials.  Apparently, some of the world’s deadliest of villains are planning to become the ultimate in wedding crashers.  And that’s just the beginning of a wedding event to remember.

            Judd Winick is back to write one of the most important storylines in Green Arrow history.  Winick does an excellent job, starting things off with a quick recap of the turbulent relationship.  The moments leading up to the wedding are rather humorous, but things grow serious very quickly.  A surprise awaits those that read The Wedding Album.  Events conspire to turn the lives of Dinah Lance and Oliver Queen upside down.  Just when they believe they can finally be happy, horrific events begin a virtual tailspin into disaster.

            The artwork for Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album is supplied by Amanda Conner, Cliff Chiang and André Coehlo.  For the most part, the artwork is enjoyable – not the best I’ve seen from DC Comics, but enjoyable all the same.  In my opinion, the more serious the storyline grew, the better the artwork became.

            This graphic novel was a Christmas gift from my brother and his girlfriend.  At $20.00 US, I wasn’t really certain I wanted to purchase a hardcover graphic novel, especially when every edition I found was sealed in clear wrap making it impossible to get a glimpse at what was inside.  I worried that The Wedding Album would be just some simple wedding fluff.  I should have known better.  Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album represents a turning point in the lives of Dinah Lance and Oliver Queen.  The plot twist was so surprising, I couldn’t put the thing down until I had turned the last page.  In my opinion, this is a storyline that no self-respecting Green Lantern or Black Canary fan will want to miss!  Thanks for the Christmas gift – it was well worth the wait!

 


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